SALT LAKE CITY, UT, January 10, 2023 – The Utah Aerospace and Defense Association has added Greg Levesque to its board of directors. Levesque is the CEO and Co-founder of Strider Technologies, Utah’s premier technology start-up delivering strategic intelligence and software solutions to advance national security.
Why it matters
The aerospace and defense industry are key components of Utah’s economy and critical to our national interests.
Strider is revolutionizing the way companies, government agencies, and research institutions protect their innovation and compete in a new era of global strategic competition. Strider’s trailblazing technology and strategic intelligence enable clients to proactively identify, manage, and respond to state-sponsored IP theft and supply chain vulnerabilities. Strider has operations in Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., and London.
“Strategic intelligence is a vital part of modern global competition and Utah has long been a hub for talent and capability that enhances our collective national security,” said Levesque. “I’m excited to be part of the UADA team and its mission to advance the state of Utah’s position in supporting America and the free-world’s security.”
Prior to founding Strider, Levesque worked in various private sector roles supporting Fortune 500 companies and U.S. and European government agencies.
“Greg brings a unique set of experiences at the intersection of industry and national security that will propel us forward as we work to establish Utah as a world leader in defense innovation,” said Aaron Starks, UADA President and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg to our board of accomplished directors.”
In addition to founding Strider, Levesque is a recognized leader on economic statecraft and strategic competition. He has testified before the U.S.–China Security and Economic Review Commission and advised the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office on issues related to China’s military and economic strategies. His work has been featured by news outlets around the world, notably Bloomberg, BBC News, NBC News, and TechCrunch.
Levesque holds a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Economics from Utah State University. He has working proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
The Utah Aerospace and Defense Association (UADA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for companies in the Aerospace and Defense industry in Utah. UADA’s mission is to is to position Utah as a world leader in aerospace and defense by fostering collaboration and connectivity, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and supporting workforce development. UADA represents a diverse range of companies and organizations in the state, from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.
The board now has 15 members representing a variety of companies that play a role in one of Utah’s most important economic sectors.
Chairman: Robert O’Brien
Vice Chairman: Adam Fife – CEO of Cencore
CEO of UADA Aaron Starks – VP of Fortem Technologies
Treasurer: Kay Hall – CFO of Zions Bank
Director: Lyndon Smith – VP of Hexcel North America
Director: Andy Pierucci – Northrop Grumman
Director: Tamara Tran – CEO of Rylex
Director: Troy Keller – Partner at Dorsey Whitney
Director: Gregg Robison – CEO of Ram Aviation
Director: Brandon Fugal – Chairman of Colliers Int’l
Director: Michelle Smith – CHRO at Larry H Miller Companies
Director: Brad Mortensen – President of Weber State University
Director: Ryan Starks – Managing Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Director: Greg Levesque, CEO of Strider Technologies
Director: Jon Gruen, CEO of Fortem Technologies